A recent last minute medical emergency in her family resulted in such a need. I found myself in the middle of three generations of family responsibilities. I had a week long visit from my youngest daughter planned to celebrate her 21st birthday as a family. I would be making the one hour drive to my parents house as my daughter was driving to mine. There was no question that I wanted to be there as a support to my sister and my parents but I also wanted to be home for my daughter.
I was also going to be missing a school grandparents ice cream social that my six year old grandson had invited me to attend.
I made all of the needed arrangements on the home front to make sure that my daughter enjoyed her visit and Papa said that he would take off work to go to the ice cream social. My younger sister offered to cover for me while I came home for the day of my daughters actual birthday so that I could cook the birthday meal and treat that my birthday girl had requested.
El Pollo Fundido, chips, salsa, and guacamole!
My Beautiful Mother
and Grandma to the birthday girl.
(#22 and the youngest of the grandchildren)
I prepped for the birthday meal at my parents place.
The birthday treat.
Ice Cream Balls with drizzled honey and whipped cream!
Me and my Girls
Who I wouldn't have without my parents!
So, as the hands of time move forward things change.
My parent's hands worked, served, and led the way for their family.
Today, I am grateful for their continuing example.
Graciously accepting change, the help of others,
and an enduring love for family.
And one tomorrow, it will be a different time
when my children will find themselves
in the same place I find myself today.
Sandwiched between the needs of
I hope that I will be as gracious and accepting
as those whose time I follow.